My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today is from the book of Ephesians 6:1-3 “Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right.” Honour your father and mother, that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, we realize the importance of obeying our parents, and the goodness that will be bestowed upon us when we obey our parents. This is what we come to understand from the above context. All will be well with us when we obey our parents. For this is right, in the sight of God. Our God is called Jehovah Nissi. This means that our God will give you victory. In whatever situation you were unable to get victory, God will enable you to obtain victory in that particular area of your life. But to obtain this victory you need to obey your father and mother.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I know of a young girl who didn’t get married for a long time. She was a good believer. This girl had once come to me for prayer regarding her marriage. Though many proposals came her way nothing would materialise, so she sought my help. God had revealed to her through me that she would get married to a boy working from abroad. The Lord had also revealed that after her marriage God will make all things convenient for her to worship the Living God and no one will hinder her from worshipping Jesus Christ. God said to her through me “ I will bring a bridegroom from a far off country, who will fulfil My counsel. I said and I will do it. I planned and I will fulfil it.” This was a prophetic word given to her from the Lord.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, The days passed by and a good groom from a Hindu family came to marry her. Her Father insisted her to get married to him. She did not hesitate but obeyed her father because she was getting older and there was no better proposal coming her way. She believed in her heart that God can use her as an instrument to bring her husband and his family to the Lord. This thought was within her mind while she got married to the Hindu boy. The marriage was over and she had to move to Japan as prophesied earlier. In her first meeting itself she shared to her husband that she knew Jesus from her childhood days, and would like to worship Him. She requested him to allow her to read the Bible and attend the church in a very humble manner. He too was a secret believer and hesitated as to how he could share this matter to her. He told her that he was looking out for a girl who would read the Bible and be committed to God. So both were like minded.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, it was all so easy for the girl to start her life in her new home. She was happy that she was given the freedom to worship Jesus. The boy was extremely happy to have got married to her. As years passed by this girl was able to bring the entire family of her husband, into the saving knowledge of Christ. She brought the entire family into the salvation of God. What a miracle. How did all this happen in her life? Instead of falling down and crying over the issue of marrying a Hindu boy, she silently obeyed her father and mother. This obedience was noticed by God and knowing the intention of her heart, He helped her to get married to the right person. God always, helps and supports, those who come forward to receive salvation and are strong in their faith.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, May be you too are caught up in such kind of situation. Then the first thing you need to do is to obey your parents. At the same time you got to be alert concerning your faith in God Almighty, and be wise to take both things in a balanced way, then God will support you. And the only weapon we need to take up at this moment of time is not stubbornness but increase your attitude of prayer. Pray to the Lord, to show you the right partner in your life. May God grant to you the spirit of prayer. God bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord we thank you for showing us clearly how we need to approach all odd circumstances in life. Teach us to obey our parents always, even when they grow old. Help us to obey and honour them, in every way. Turn the most difficult situations in life for our personal betterment. Help us to be submissive and wise in all our ways. To handle all the problems cheerfully believing that all things work together for good, to those who love God.